ESCANABA - An Escanaba man will be tried this summer on charges of extortion, computer crime, stalking, and possession of drugs related to alleged threats against his ex-wife last year.
Douglas Vero Sedenquist, 51, was arrested in December on the four felony counts for allegedly threatening his estranged ex-wife from Nov. 20-26, 2013. His trial was set last week for July 15-17 in Delta County Circuit Court.
The case has gained state-wide media attention because Sedenquist has been a member of Michigan's Republican State Central Committee and was the former vice chair of the Delta County Republican Party.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta County District Court on Feb. 20, witnesses testified Sedenquist threatened to accuse his ex-wife of a crime at her work place unless she gave in to his demands for retirement funds, spousal support and joint custody rights.
The wife's divorce lawyer testified Sedenquist had also asked his ex-wife to write a letter to the Brown County prosecuting attorney to be lenient on him and do away with a personal protection order she had filed against him.
Sedenquist had been arrested in Wisconsin on charges of disobeying police, sending a threat, and disorderly conduct. These charges stem from an incident in March 2013 when Sedenquist was allegedly involved in an armed standoff with officers responding to his suicide threat.
Following execution of a search warrant on Sedenquist's residence on Dec. 2, 2013, he was arrested on the four felony counts and lodged in Delta County Jail. He has since been released from police custody after posting $5,000, or 10 percent of a $50,000 bond.
Sedenquist's alleged crimes against his ex-wife in November 2013 are described as follows:
On count 1, Sedenquist is charged with extortion, a 20-year felony with a maximum fine of $10,000. He is accused of maliciously threatening to accuse his ex-wife of a crime with intent to extort money or gain another advantage or to cause her to do or refrain from doing an act against her will.
On count 2, Sedenquist is charged with using a computer to commit a 20-year-or more felony. He is accused of using a computer to commit extortion. The charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 crime.
On count 3, Sedenquist is charged with aggravated stalking, a five-year felony with a maximum fine of $10,000. He is accused of repeatedly harassing his ex-wife by causing her to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened or harassed.
On count 4, Sedenquist is charged with controlled substance - possession of the analogue Hydrocodone, a two-year felony with a maximum fine of $2,000.
Police confiscated the victim's prescription medication from a lock box in Sedenquist's apartment. The victim testified she stored her medications in the box while they were married.
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